Siri was meant for Verizon’s Droid lineup, before Apple came calling

January 23, 2013
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My first thought upon coming across this bit of information was “Wow…” It’s hard to picture now, but Siri was almost an Android feature. Way back in 2009, Verizon struck a deal with Siri (the company) to pre-install its voice assistant on all Droid smartphones. Verizon even filmed commercials to promote the new feature.

So why didn’t it happen? Well, Apple swooped in and bought Siri, which at the time was a fledgling startup. The details on Siri’s journey from an almost Android to eventual Apple killer feature emerged in a Huffington Post feature.  The article details Siri’s history before eventually becoming property of Apple – in the beginning it was based on the HAL computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The Android platform eventually had its own voice search and assistant feature in Google Now, but one can only wonder how the smartphone landscape might have differed if Siri had landed on Droid handsets all the way back in 2009. What do you guys think? Would Siri have even taken off on a large scale being limited to Verizon devices? Would Google Now be here in its present form, or perhaps even developed sooner by Google?

Comments

  • just-a-me

    i dont think it would have made much difference, as now you can download loads of Virtual Assistants for free, i use SKYVI, free from play store and it works well

  • RarestName

    If Android got Siri, then Google Now wouldn’t be here since they’ll be using Siri instead. We have to thank Apple lol

  • DeadSOL

    Darn. Android should have had Siri. It’d be a Verizon exclusive and we’d still get Google Now. crApple would have NOTHING! :D

  • http://twitter.com/nachomartr Ignacio Martin

    Sherpa is pretty good too.

  • PeriaShan

    Siri if it would have been a Verizon exclusive on droids wouldnt have made much impact. Apple products and applications definitely create more buzz then any others’ work hence, the current popularity of Siri.
    Google would have come up with Google Now at the same time any how which by the way is quite better then Siri. So this scenario would have made any difference.

  • leoingle

    Are you Siri-us???

  • William GUNNING

    Apple may have Siri but Google has Kurzweil!

  • tBs_Battousai

    another case of Apple not being able to develop anything and just buying companies to try and keep up with everyone else…